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carrie [dot] rentschler [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Carrie Rentschler)

Carrie Rentschler is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She is the author of Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Duke UP, 2011) and is currently writing a book on the cultural legacies of the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder in New York City. Her other research examines the relationship between mass-mediated representations of suffering and models of citizenship, the gender politics of environmental security and its publicity, the media activist practices of social movements, women’s self-defense as a form of feminist pedagogy, and the gendered politics of fear. She is the 2011 recipient of the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching at McGill University. Her research is supported by grants from the NEH, SSHRC and FQRSC.

natalie [dot] amar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Natalie Amar)
Director of Communications
(currently on leave)
Natalie Amar, IGSF Communications Director
Born in Montreal, Natalie first became interested in communications while completing her MA in Political Science at McGill. Her thesis focused on the relationship between the Supreme Court of Canada and the media. In 1997, Natalie began work at the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she served as the Cultural and Academic Affairs Attaché and later as the Embassy Spokesperson.

wilson [dot] blakley [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Wilson Blakley)
Director of Communications


Wilson worked at IGSF for a few years as the Administrative Coordinator before his present position as the Director of Communications. After a career as a contemporary dance he obtained a undergraduate degree in Philosophy (McGill) and an M.A. in Dance (UQAM).

claire [dot] michela [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Claire Michela ) 
Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator
514.398.4400 x089872 / 514.398.3911 x1
Claire completed a Joint Honours Degree in Women's Studies and Anthropology at McGill, with a minor in International Development Studies. Using this interdisciplinary background, Claire works to connect IGSF students with curricular and extracurricular opportunities on campus.


ada [dot] sinacore [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ada Sinacore)
Chair, Women's Studies Program

melissa [dot] autumn [dot] white [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Melissa Autumn White)
Faculty Lecturer, Women's Studies Program
514.398.4400 x089632 / 514.398.3911 x4

Prior to joining the faculty at IGSF, Melissa Autumn White taught gender and women's studies and human geography at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University and New York University's Center for studies in Gender and Sexuality. Dr. White's research is broadly concerned with the relationships between sexuality, gender, affect, mobility and transnational regimes of governance. Her most substantive work to date has contributed to the sub-field of queer migration studies, and appears or is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Radical History Review, and Sexualities. Her current research focuses on human-nonhuman intimacies, mobilities, and border panics. Parts of this project have been published in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly (Special Issue: "Viral"), and are forthcoming in Making Things International: Circulation. Dr. White has recently been elected Vice-Chair of the Sexuality Studies Association, and will serve in that capacity from 2014-16. 


lloyd [dot] whitesell [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lloyd Whitesell)
Chair, Sexual Diversity Studies Program

Lloyd Whitesell teaches musicology in the Schulich School of Music. He coedited the book Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (2002), which won the Philip Brett Award for best LGBT musicology. His book The Music of Joni Mitchell appeared in 2008. Articles on film music have been published in Musical Quarterly, Queering the Popular Pitch, and Music in the Horror Film. His current research investigates glamour in the film musical.
For more information Lloyd Whitesell